Surat Thani

Everything you need to know about Surat Thani
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Everything you need to know about Surat Thani

Surat Thani is a popular town in Thailand as it is the gateway to the popular islands of Ko Samui, Ko Tao and Ko Pha Ngan. Add to this the natural beauty the town of Surat Thani itself has and you are in for a treat here. This is what makes it one of the best travel destinations in Thailand. It is one of the oldest towns in the country, dating back to 5th century. Apart from the night market in the town and a few temples, it is popular for its natural retreats. If you want to make get back to the nature and connect to your soul on a beautiful level, then Surat Thani is the place to be.

Hidden places

Cheow Lan Dam

This is one place that should be on top of your Surat Thani bucket list because of the incredible natural beauty it possesses not just through the diverse flora but also because of the incredibly rich collection of fauna. You can spot tigers, elephants, monkeys, hornbills, lizards, snakes and many more species of animals in this beautiful setting. The overall beauty of this place with the dam, water body and the hills all around is just something else. Visiting the dam would be a great way to start your Surat Thani visit.

Khanom Beach

Though not particularly a hidden place, it sure is a place that not many tourists visit, making it perfect for someone who is looking for a tranquil experience. Enjoy a stunning sunset with your friends and family while just chilling at the beach. The quaint vibe of the place gives you an opportunity to spend a day or two in a laidback manner.

Tham Khao Wang Thang

It is a place that all the nature lovers and explorers would absolutely love. Located in Khanom, the cave has a wall made of copper and iron. The experience of witnessing evolution of rock formations is something that is fascinating on multiple levels. You surely will love this location for sure.

Best things to do

Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park is one of the biggest and oldest rainforests in the world. It surely is the one place that you definitely do not want to miss when in Surat Thani. You can spend your time enjoying various activities like elephant riding through the forest, hiking through nature trails, boating in the lake, exploring caves and waterfalls and a lot more.

Sonchana Farm and Elephant Sanctuary

Sonchana Farm and Elephant Sanctuary is a classic example of how to keep a wildlife sanctuary clean and eco-friendly and protect the animals in the best possible manner. A privately-owned property for over 120 years now, the sanctuary is the perfect place for you to interact with elephants in the most natural way.

Ang Thong National Marine Park

Ang Thong National Marine Park is a group of 40 tiny protected islands with just two of them being inhabited by humans. Every tiny island is unique in its own way because of the lagoons, beaches, rock formations, coral reefs underneath and so on. Simply put, you will be blown away by the natural beauty that this marine park has to offer.

The Full Moon Party

This is one party that you would not want to miss. The island of Koh Phangan hosts a night party every on the night of every full moon, attracting thousands of tourists from around the world to travel here. Ride a boat and reach the island to enjoy a night that will stay with you forever.

Best time to visit

Due to the winters seeing the best weather conditions, it is naturally the most crowded time of the year here in Surat Thani. However, irrespective of that, winter is still the best time to travel around the scenic town. Apart from that, the best time to visit here would in the spring or autumn season when the temperature does not go over 35°C.
The summers can get really hot and humid, due to which your enjoyment can take a hit. However, it is the perfect time to visit Surat Thani if you are on a tight budget, as you will get the best ticket prices and hotel rates during summer, for it being the off season.


  • Always respect the monarchy no matter what as people get really offended if you talk ill about them.
  • Take off your footwear whenever you visit a temple or for that matter everywhere where you see a board with this message.


  • Do not touch any one’s head as it is not considered to be good behaviour on your part.
  • Do not show any disrespect towards the religion or temples in Thailand.

Surat Thani roughly translates to “City of Good People” and the locals here live up to this name with their incredible hospitality, wherever you go. Pack your bags and visit the beautiful town in Thailand to explore the nature at its best. Check out our packages to do so!